Volume 92, Issue 15

Tuesday, September 29, 1998



Hunting the good ones

Re: The new age principle

To the Editor:

Tougher gun laws are making it difficult for law-abiding citizens to own guns. Rampant crime has led many to believe that strict regulation is the only answer. The inept solution targets those that obtain their guns legally.

Of course, it's logical, because they are the ones that are shooting everybody. It is much easier to take away guns from law-abiding citizens than from criminals. This is a symbolic gesture that says, "we are doing something." How would rigid gun-control measures contribute towards solving the root of the problem? Criminals don't get licenses, remember?

More significant, however, is the frightening prevalence of the "new age" principle underlying the story. What is this "new age" reasoning? It is the banal modus operandi whereby one conveniently negates the heart of the problem and goes after the easiest target for an elusive quick fix. Folks, let's not be unwittingly duped by this, because it doesn't work.

We need to look no further than Canada's taxation policies to find evidence of this. The country is strapped for cash – the obvious solution is to tax those who have, because they are no doubt the culprits. This "new age" reasoning subscribes among other things, to the imperialist's notion of capitalism.

All riches are garnered from the poor. The antidote to this is fairly obvious too, invoke the Robin Hood dictum. Tax 'em to hell. Intelligent people know that there is no great secret to the alchemy of wealth. The distinction separating the "haves" from the "have nots," is in the nature of their character – hard work and ingenuity. Yet there are those who believe not in rewarding success, but smothering initiative.

Perhaps the most prevalent of these injustices is what is being done to police. These are stalwart citizens who put their lives at risk everyday to protect the public. The gratitude they receive is ridicule and scrutiny. Policemen have been so emasculated, their ability to protect themselves have been compromised. Is it any wonder that criminals carry more firepower than do the police?

The travesty is that law-abiding citizens will continue to be law abiding, the motivated will continue working, the police will continue to serve and protect and there will still be those beset on going after the good guys.

Derek Au
English II

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